Passionate ... Personal ... Engaging ... Life-Affirming ... Joy Katzen-Guthrie's vibrant music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation.
This commemorative limited-edition release of A Steadfast Bridge contains 13 intimate, acoustic New Thought/Renewal and Contemporary Lyrical Folk-Pop selections. Featuring many of the most requested of Joy's songs in concert and worship service, this CD is a rare opportunity to experience her new recordings as they are being created. Each CD is individually signed and numbered, and at the coming release of the new multiple-CD collection, this limited-edition release will no longer be in print.
"Her words are uplifting and inspiring ... She is truly a gifted musician and a wonderful example of what spirituality and faith can mean in the 21st century." ~Weekly Planet Magazine Critic's Choice, Best Religious Music, Best of the Bay
"Joy's newest CD [A Steadfast Bridge] is a triumph. Her tunes soar with beautiful melodies and beautiful thoughts. Listening to this CD is like a massage of the mind with a gentle, thoughtful outlook on life, yet expressing powerful strength. The tunes are wondrous to listen to while the lyrics are meaningful as well as delightful. I actually have two copies, one for the car and one for my office. Thank you, Joy, for this long awaited collection of your songs." ~Ann Regina Miller, Program Manager of Eckerd College, Elderhostel Division, and Director, Florida Gulf Coast Film Festival
Performer and Recording Artist, Composer/Lyricist, Pianist, and Vocalist for 27 years, Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. Says Donna Klein, founder of Tampa Bay's Women Musicians Alliance: "Joy is a marvel on the keyboard, making her playing seem effortless. Her compositions, as well as her adaptations of others' songs, reflect the summation that it is her life. When she sits down at the keyboard, starts playing, smiles that warm smile of hers and sings to your heart, well it's just inspirational!"
Joy's music is designed as an inner retreat and an outer celebration. Those who have heard her recordings and concerts have described the many ways in which her music has been beneficial - a portal to healing and creativity, joy, support, and renewal. Passages and A Steadfast Bridge have been used in gatherings, worship, hospitals and hospices, at births, funerals, reunions, rallies for social action, in theatre and events of every scope. Her own arrangements and interpretations of full (including introductory verses) classic songs from Hit Parade, Vaudeville & Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film in her Favorite Melody Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 recordings have been loved by individuals of every age. Hearing these songs for the first time or being reintroduced to them in a manner that breathes with the integrity of the music and lyrics has brought enormous enjoyment and special memories of these classic musical moments. SoulStream has provided comfort, relaxation, and mental release to countless listeners who described sleepless nights and stress-filled days prior to hearing it. Her first 3 releases of Jewish liturgical, Israeli, and Yiddish music - Seasons of Joy, The Heart of Ancient Promise, and How Good and How Pleasant have been loved in homes, schools, hospitals, communal living facilities, synagogues and many non-Jewish congregations, as well as life cycle events of every kind by individuals of all faiths.
A Memphis, Tennessee native, Joy has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981. Read much more about her work, study, recording studio, and programs at her Official Website. Her life has been devoted to writing, concertizing, speaking, and communicating the power of magnificent music.
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